1974 First Motorcyclists to Complete the CSR

The Canning Stock Route is a treasure trove of little known achievements, one of these being the Canning Stock Route motorcycle ride of 1974.

Newspaper and date of article unknown. Photograph: Ted Smith THEY’LL TACKLE THE STOCK ROUTE ON BIKE These three men hope to conquer the Canning Stock Route, one of the last frontiers of Australia – on motor-cycles. “The only way to beat the stock route is with a motorcycle,” said Paul Allardyce (25), a service station proprietor of Dagliesh, this week. Paul and the other two members of the team, Colin Fitzgerald (21), a farmer of Merredin, and Andy Bowman (21), a mechanic pilot of Sorrento, intend to [be] the first men to cycle the length of the stock route. They will leave on August 25, equipped with special Yamaha agricultural motorcycles supplied by Ken George. The trio will be taking no chances during the trip. Provided DCA approval is given, the team will have petrol and supplies flown to them each day by aircraft.

THEY’LL TACKLE THE STOCK ROUTE ON BIKE

These three men hope to conquer the Canning Stock Route, one of the last frontiers of Australia – on motor-cycles.

“The only way to beat the stock route is with a motorcycle,” said Paul Allardyce (25), a service station proprietor of Dagliesh, this week.

Paul and the other two members of the team, Colin Fitzgerald (21), a farmer of Merredin, and Andy Bowman (21), a mechanic pilot of Sorrento, intend to [be] the first men to cycle the length of the stock route.

They will leave on August 25, equipped with special Yamaha agricultural motorcycles supplied by Ken George. The trio will be taking no chances during the trip. Provided DCA approval is given, the team will have petrol and supplies flown to them each day by aircraft.

Newspaper and date of article unknown. Photograph: Ted Smith

It was 7am on the morning of 26 August 1974 when three motorbikes, supported by a Piper Cherokee airplane and two airmen, departed Wiluna.

Seventeen days later, at 5pm on the 11 September, two bikes and three men arrived at Billiluna Station. The next day, on the 12 September, one bike rode into Halls Creek at 7pm, carrying two men.

The first complete motorcycle ride of the Canning Stock Route had been completed. Total duration from Wiluna to Halls Creek – 18 days. This is their story.

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